You don't know me album release April 12th

Jamie Bernstein’s new album “You Don’t Know Me” is a new and exciting chapter in the musical evolution of this New Orleans-based singer/songwriter. Bernstein grew up primitively in a log cabin among the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia and has been fascinated and deeply involved with art and music from a very early age.  
Bernstein has lived in New Orleans since 1996 and has worked and performed with his country/roots band The Hill Country Hounds since 2012. The Hill Country Hounds eponymous debut album was released in 2014.  He has also made three previous solo albums, the last of which was “Whoondang,” produced by Dave Pirner, founder and leader of the legendary band Soul Asylum. 
“You Don’t Know Me,” was produced by  the veteran Americana and roots music producer and three-time Grammy winner John Chelew, who has  worked with  Papa Mali, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Donovan, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Vic Chesnutt,  Richard Thompson, Jo-El Sonnier and other artists.  
Bernstein and Chelew assembled a custom combo of great New Orleans musicians for the album. They include veteran drummer Johnny Vidacovich, pedal steel wizard Dave Easley, upright bass player Pat Casey, the esteemed cellist Helen Gillet and fiddle player Matt Rhody. The New Orleans Gospel group The Zion Harmonizers provide backing vocals on two of the tracks. 
“You Don’t Know Me” was recorded and mixed by Chris George at the Living Room, a converted church just across the Mississippi River in Algiers. Songs were arranged “head” style by the players and then recorded as quickly as possible. Most of the songs are first or second takes, and most of the lead vocals were “live” as well.  
With the songs on “You Don’t Know Me,” Jamie Bernstein’s writing has taken a turn toward the deep and introspective. This music is inhabited by dark canyons and the phantom light of a morning that is promised and finally delivered. There is a sense of compassion,of hard-won freedom, of survival, and of a way of thinking that has thankfully come full circle. 
The ghosts of the bluesy, spooky “Haunted,”  the Gospel-tinged “One Man’s Hands,” and the soulful “church” of “First You Cry,” the haunting soldier of “Take These Guns,” and the ritualistic, evocative “folk-baroque” soundscapes of “Land Of The Buffalo,” “Anyway,” and the title track weave an unforgettable and unrepeatable pattern of shadow and light that have somehow become unified in their distillation.  
For more information about this recording please contact:  
Jamie Bernstein (moonlogik@gmail.com)  504.388.9806 
John Chelew (jchelew@yahoo.com)  323.333.6145

 

It was great going on the WTUL today to debut some tracks 

I just finished up a record with some super heavy New Orleans cats. My friend over at WTUL New Orleans, Domatron Graves invited me to go on and play some of the new things as well as some old things. It was a lot of fun. He even let me DJ for nearly the whole hour from 2-3 pm. Thrilling to be at the controls of a radio station.

Here is my play list from memory.

1. Johnny Cash- Wanted Man (Written By Bob Dylan)
2. Hill Country Hounds- Cash Thing (Written by Jamie Bernstein and HCH)
3. Bob Dylan- Folsom Prison Blues (Written by Johnny Cash)
4. Jamie Bernstein- Take These Guns (Written By Jamie Bernstein)
5. The Iguanas- Lupita (Written by The Iguanas)
6. The Outlaws- My Hero's Have Always Been Cowboys (Written by Waylon Jennings)
7. J. the Savage- I'm Sorry to Say (Written by Jamie Bernstein)
8. Jamie Bernstein- Rude Boy Country (Written by Jamie Bernstein)
9. Captain Beefheart- Electricity (Written by Don Van Vliet)
10. Jamie Bernstein- Take Me Inside (Written By Jamie Bernstein

I had to throw the Beefheart in there in spite of the thematic varience. I mean it's college radio.

Big thanks to WTUL for letting me hijack the airwaves to play some of that good Outlaw Country and Americana music.

 

Great Review for WhoonDang in Where Y'at Magazine 

Jamie Bernstein’s album Whoondang offers a variety of funky yet Southern sounds to piece together the eleven tracks. Officially released on May 6 of this year, Bernstein’s vocals are mellow and consistent throughout the bluesy/Americana songs about love, the life of a country boy, and, of course, “Whoondang.” The title track apparently tells the original story of popular song “Tipitina,” giving some pretty solid inspiration and iconic material for singer and songwriter Bernstein.

“WhoonDang” is perhaps the album’s most memorable tune, followed by ballads “Talkin’ Bout Love” and the Southern tribute “Boy Out the Country.” Bernstein’s “Rude Boy Country” brings a new set of lazy yet happy notes for listeners to sway along to. Bernstein himself describes the album’s overall sound as “Rude Boy Country,” an eclectic mix that produces original Southern music. 

Raised in the Appalachian Mountains, Bernstein spent his childhood loving and writing music and has been creating his album for the past two years in New Orleans. The mountains inspired his bluesy sound and New Orleans has given the perfect backdrop for song inspiration. Written in honor of his late mother, Bernstein’s music gives New Orleans a piece of Bernstein’s West Virginia life before his Big Easy lifestyle. This summer, the musician will be promoting his album at live music bars throughout the city, giving NOLA a peek into WhoonDang. New Orleans’s own Jamie Bernstein has made a solid debut into the music world, and one that can only be improved with some more of his original music in the future. –Leith Tigges


http://www.whereyat.com/neworleans/article-3197-jamie-bernstein.html

WhoonDang album release May 6th, 2014 



The Story of the Song WhoonDang is an interesting one.
When I was working with James Andrews I would hang out with his grandma Dorthy Nelson sometimes. His grandma was married to Jesse(ooh pooh pa doo) Hill and she was also from a musical family. Her brother's name was Papoose Nelson and he played guitar for Fats Domino, the intro to "Walkin' to New Orleans" that part that sounds a little like a clock ticking is Nelson probably Nelson's most famous recording. As a musician Papoose had many musicians as friends. One of his best friends was Professor Longhair. Dorthy told me that Professor Longhair used to come by her house all the time and stay. She said that he would lay him down a pallet on the floor in her front room. The porch was kind of closed in like a sun porch and that is where Fess would set up his little pallet.

One night she can remember Fess coming by pretty late, there was a storm coming, I think it was hurricane Betsy. Well the Nelson's had some how acquired an old Model T truck that was parked out in the front yard. To deter theft or just to keep the thing from floating or blowing away they had taken a huge chain and tied it around a tree then around the old truck. When Fess finally laid down to go to sleep the wind started blowing pretty hard and that chain began to move in the wind. As the wind howled and whipped the chain, the chain began to clang against the old truck then against itself and created quite a rhythmic racket. This sound, as it turns out, kept Professor long hair up all night. In doing so it gave him the rhythmic idea for the famous New Orleans song Tipitina.

So that is where the song WhoonDang comes from. In a sense it is a song about the creation the song Tipitina. The words of the verses in Whoondang are like reflections of the verses in the Original Tipitina song. The first lines of my song:

Loeberta won't you come quick see your 3x7 that don't bother me

are a reflection of sorts of Longhair's first lines

Loberta can you hear me calling you Your 3x7 you know just what to do

The rest of the song follows a similar formula.

The made up word "WhoonDang" that I coined is the sound of that chain swinging in the wind. It is also the sound of Professor Longhair's piano, it is also a descriptive word about the moment art is made. WhoonDang WhoonDang, the song's refrain is the moment that the idea of the song Tipitina took hold it describes the otherworldly feeling that creation brings the artist and also the other worldly sound that nature and man create together.

The Model T chained to the tree is symbolic of Man's desire to enslave nature while still totally at it's mercy.

WhoonDang WhoonDang.

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